Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Funding to investigate future skilled labour requirements in the regions

    2/08/2006 9:34 AM

    The State Government has backed an investigation to identify skilled employment needs in regional areas of Western Australia as a means of addressing the strong demand for skilled workers.

    Peel and South-West Minister Norm Marlborough today handed over a cheque for $66,000 to enable the Institute for Regional Development (IRD) to study future skilled labour requirements in the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, South-West and Peel regions.

    “WA is currently experiencing unprecedented sustained economic growth, which is creating many exciting opportunities across the State,” Mr Marlborough said.

    “The demand for skilled workers is so strong that shortages in skilled labour in a number of industry sectors now represent a significant hurdle to sustaining this remarkable economic growth.”

    Funding for the study is provided from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development’s WA Regional Initiatives Scheme (WARIS).

    WARIS is part of the State Government’s $80million Regional Investment Fund, providing assistance for regional projects which encourage, promote and support the sustainable development of regional WA.

    “While the issue of regional skills shortages has attracted considerable attention, one of the problems facing communities and decision-makers is a general absence of detailed, reliable data on the dimensions of the skills shortage,” the Minister said.

    “This study aims to fill that gap and provide useful strategies to help industry groups, government and educational organisations to plan for the future.

    “There is considerable evidence that the skills shortage will become more apparent over the next five to 10 years, particularly as the demographic and economic profile of regional WA changes.

    “It is therefore timely that this study is undertaken to ensure all stakeholders can plan for the future.”

    The study is to be completed by June, 2007.

    Further information on the WARIS scheme is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 9217 1500 or freecall 1800 620 511. Website:

    Minister's office: (08) 9213 6500